Council Meeting: May 24, 2016

Council Meeting: May 24, 2016

Hope the rain didn’t dampen everyone’s Long Weekend too much. Despite the timing, it was certainly long overdue and much needed. Due to the Long Weekend, our Council Meeting this week will take place on Tuesday at 2 p.m.. Here’s a look at what will be on the Agenda: 

Smart City Master Plan: The purpose of this report is to bring forward St. Albert’s proposed Smart City Master Plan, developed by the Smart City Steering Committee in collaboration with City Administration from Q2 2014 to Q4 2015. Council’s direction on next steps, such as those within the Steering Committee’s Advice to Council provided as Attachment 2, is also required.

The Master Plan itself describes 22 strategies to provide real benefit to the community – for example, hyper-fast Internet connectivity, transportation systems that optimize the movement of people and goods, a sensor array that monitors infrastructure and collects data in real-time to improve efficiency, new online services and mobile apps that support more responsive service to residents, and much more. Each of these strategies are described in detail within the Master Plan, and prioritized within the proposed Smart City Action Plan.

CSAB Recommendations: Community Capital Program GrantThis report brings forward a recommendation from the Community Services Advisory Board (CSAB) for allocation from the 2016 intake of applications for the 2016 Community Capital Grant Program for Council’s consideration and approval, as per Policy C-CS-06.

CSAB Recommendations: Games Legacy AwardsThis report brings forward a recommendation from the Community Services Advisory Board (CSAB) for allocation from the spring intake of applications for the 2016 Games Legacy Award Program grant fund for Council’s consideration and approval, as per policy C-CS-01.

CSAB Recommendations: Community Events Grants AllocationsThis report brings forward a recommendation from the Community Services Advisory Board (CSAB) for allocation from the 2016 spring intake of applications for the Community Events Grant Program for Council’s consideration and approval, as per Policy C-CS-02.

CSAB Recommendation: FCSS Spring GrantsThis report brings forward recommendations from the Community Services Advisory Board (CSAB) for allocation from the 2016 intake of applications for the FCSS Spring Grant for Council’s consideration and approval, as per Policy C-CS- 12.

Standing Committee of the Whole Recommendation:  Funding for Condition Assessment – St. Albert Trail Barrier WallThe following motion was approved by Standing Committee of the Whole and will be discussed by Council: “That Standing Committee of the Whole recommend to Council that $15,000 for updated condition assessment of the St. Albert Trail Barrier Wall be funded in 2016 out of the Stabilization Reserve.”

Lieutenant Governor Distinguished Young Artists AwardsIn accordance with City Policy C-CS-10, Lieutenant Governor Distinguished Young Artists Program, this report provides recommendations from a sub-committee of the St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society for the 2016 intake of applications for the Lieutenant Governor Distinguished Young Artists Program.

Vehicle for Hire ApproachThe purpose of this report is twofold. First, it is to request Council to provide direction to Administration for the development of a program to regulate “Vehicles for Hire” that serve St. Albert residents. Second, it provides Administration an opportunity to provide their rationale on why they are proposing that the safety and security of our residents should be the impetus for the development of regulations for the vehicle for hire industry. Attachment 1 outlines the proposed principles that Administration is recommending for the regulation of Vehicles for Hire in St. Albert.

Healing Garden FundingThe purpose of this report is to provide Council with a status update on the Healing Garden Project, and to request additional funding support to enable to project to proceed during the 2016 construction season.

AUMA ResolutionThe purpose of this report is to provide Council with a recommended resolution to submit a resolution to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) to advocate for support to municipalities for the development of broadband internet.

Council Motions:

Back Alleys/LanesMayor Crouse has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration propose to Council in Q-1, 2017 additional provisions or measures, that are not currently in place, that can re-affirm additional back alleys/lanes are not to be planned for within St. Albert. This shall include, but not be limited to provisions within the MDP, the LUB, or within any bylaws and/or policies.”

Council will also hold a dialogue with the Interim CAO in camera and will be discussing plans for CAO recruitment as well. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this week’s agenda. Also, you can find summaries of the decisions made at our meetings on the Council Briefs section of the City website.

This week’s photo is a Common Grackle taken last week at Big Lake. 

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